Stellenbosch, South Africa

Course Information

Stellenbosch, South Africa | 2019 Semester 1 & 2: Jan – Dec

Studying abroad can be a more meaningful and invigorating learning experience than at home—both inside and outside of the classroom. You may be more curious and alert than you usually are so use this heightened energy to enhance your studies as well as your cultural and geographical explorations. You may also encounter different teaching styles and course processes; be prepared to adapt and to learn.


USAC’s partnership with Stellenbosch University provides you with a wide array of academic options. You will enroll in mainstream university courses alongside regular Stellenbosch students and may choose from additional courses offered through IPSU (International Programmes - Stellenbosch University) specifically for study abroad students. To help facilitate immersion with local students, USAC participants may either enroll in all mainstream courses, or in a combination of IPSU and mainstream courses. You may only enroll in a max of 2 IPSU courses while at Stellenbosch. Courses are subject to availability and host university approval of prerequisites.

USAC requires that you take one course designed to familiarize you with South Africa’s unique history and current social, cultural, and political climate. Options in the past have included Sociology: Politics and Cultural Change in Contemporary South Africa and Overview of South African History.

Undergraduate instruction at Stellenbosch University is available in English. USAC students have a robust catalog of courses to choose from. The majority of courses are lectured in English, however a small number of courses may be lectured bilingually (English and Afrikaans). In such case, all study materials is available in English and a live translation service is offered.

International Programmes Stellenbosch University (IPSU)

IPSU courses have been created specifically for international students and are offered in English only.

Recent IPSU course offerings include:


  • Afrikaans
  • Beginning French, German, Spanish
  • isiXhosa: Language and Culture

Arts & Humanities

  • Introduction to Jewelry Design
  • Digital Photography and Picture Framing
  • Political Science
  • China-Africa Relations
  • The Role of Gender, Culture, and State in South Africa
  • Transitional Justice in Africa

Social Sciences

  • Sociology: Politics and Cultural Change in Contemporary South Africa
  • Economic and Developmental Problems in South Africa and Africa
  • HIV and Aids: A South African Perspective
  • Learning for Sustainable Community Engagement (LSCE)
  • Public Theology

Mainstream Courses

Mainstream courses comprise all the other courses offered by Stellenbosch University which form part of the university’s degree programs. USAC students must enroll in at least one Mainstream course

Courses in English are available in the following Faculties:

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of AgriSciences
  • Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Faculty of Theology

Course Descriptions

Semester / Year-long

As you review the course descriptions located at the links above, remember that you may not enroll in only IPSU courses (i.e. you must enroll in at least one course described on the Mainstream course offering document). The Mainstream course list document includes embedded links to descriptions of the Mainstream courses as well. In general, these descriptions are enough for your host university academic advisors to give preliminary approval for you to take courses.

Keep in mind that you must also enroll in a USAC-selected course designed to familiarize you with South Africa's unique history and current social, cultural, and political climate while at Stellenbosch University. More information on your options to meet this requirement will be provided by your Program Advisor after acceptance to the program.


Course descriptions are available upon request. Contact your Program Advisor for more information.